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Biopic About Figure Skater Tonya Harding Reviewed

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:22pm

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews I, Tonya. The film depicts the life of Tonya Harding who's controversial figure skating career was marked by her rivalry with her chief competitor, Nancy Kerrigan.

In 'I, Tonya,' Allison Janney Is An Olympic Mom Who Doesn't Play By The Rules

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:22pm

In the new film, the actress plays Tonya Harding's mother, a complex role written specifically for her. "I had to understand what she wanted for her daughter," Janney says. "And the humanity in that."

(Image credit: Courtesy Of Neon)

Radio Replay: Loving the Lie

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:00pm

If you believe something is real — if you can fall in love with someone or stand in awe of a painting — is it possible that it doesn't actually matter whether the object of your affection is fake?

(Image credit: Emily Bogle/NPR)

Season 2 Of 'The Crown' Exposes The Royal Family's Fitful Evolution

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:00am

The best episodes of this season are layered and complex; they juggle questions of whether a good marriage is possible in a royal setting, and how forgiveness has its limits.

(Image credit: Robert Viglasky/Netflix)

Mystery Solved: Saudi Prince Is Buyer Of $450M DaVinci Painting

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 5:01pm

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is the buyer, according to U.S. intelligence sources who talked to the Wall Street Journal. It will be displayed in the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

(Image credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)

Purple Is The Color Of The Year For 2018

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 4:41pm

Specifically, "Ultra Violet" is the "provocative and thoughtful" hue for 2018, Pantone says. What does it mean? Maybe mystery or royalty ... or, perhaps, high odds of fiery destruction.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Pantone)

'The Shape Of Water': An Elegant Fable Of Starfish-Crossed Lubbers

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 4:01pm

Guillermo del Toro's fish story may play like The Carol from the Black Lagoon, but the director's penchant for lyricism make it "a transporting, lovingly made specimen of escapism."

(Image credit: Kerry Hayes/Fox Searchlight)

'I, Tonya,' You, Implicated

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 4:00pm

Director Craig Gillespie brings bold innovation to the biopic genre, using various tones and approaches to tell the tale of Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) — and satirize our love of spectacle in the process.

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'Quest': Documentary Captures The Music Of One North Philly Family's Life

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 4:00pm

Filmed over four years, Jonathan Olshefksy's bracing and beautiful film follows Christopher and Christine'a Rainey as they invite local rappers into their basement music studio.

(Image credit: Colleen Stepanian/First Run Features)

Nothing Lasts Forever, Even Cold 'November Criminals'

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 4:00pm

Director Sacha Gervasi's adaptation of a 2010 novel about a student (Ansel Elgort) investigating his classmate's murder features a great cast, but this "sketch of a movie" feels rushed and heavily truncated.

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Israeli Film 'Foxtrot' Is A Bruisingly Powerful Look At A War Without End

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 1:16pm

Foxtrot centers on an Israeli couple reeling from the death of their soldier son. Critic Justin Chang says the title is "a clever if heavy-handed metaphor for a nation mired in its own stasis."

(Image credit: Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)

Design Miami Features Affordable Collectible Design

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 3:33pm

The contemporary art market has become so expensive that only the wealthiest people can participate. For those who want to collect art but can't afford a famous artist's work, a less expensive alternative is collectible design which includes objects, furniture, ceramics, lighting and everyday items. This week, designers, galleries and collectors gather for Design Miami, the premiere international design fair.

At Design Miami, The Future Isn't So Bright

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 3:33pm

The Florida fair is an alternative to the expensive contemporary art market: collectible design, which includes everyday items that speak to a shift away from seeing the future as bright and polished.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Maison Gerard)

James Franco Tackles A Hollywood Story 'Unlike Any Other' In 'Disaster Artist'

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 2:06pm

Franco's new film is a behind-the-scenes take on the making of the 2003 cult classic The Room. "It was made for $6 million," he says. "It looks like it was made for about $60."

(Image credit: Justina Mintz/Courtesy of A24)

Haute Dots Of Sauce: Culinary Art Or A Horror Show On A Plate?

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 9:21am

Chefs the world over seem to love serving patrons tiny portions on pristine white plates garnished with dainty drops and squiggles of sauce. Not everyone is impressed, and resistance is mounting.

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#MeToo Movement Is Person Of The Year, 'Time' Says

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 6:35am

It created a wave of awareness and brave confrontations over sexual harassment and assault, taking down powerful men in the process.

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Color Coding Your Babies And Other Tips For Raising Triplets

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 7:01pm

Audrey Degraaf is having triplets and is pretty terrified. Lorie Shelley just sent her triplets to college. Get ready for exhaustion and giggling, and to be amazed at your capacity for love, she says.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Audrey Degraaf; Lorie Shelley)

Director Guillermo Del Toro Says 'Shape Of Water' Centers On 'Love Beyond Words'

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:41pm

"I wanted to make a completely honest, heart-on-sleeve, non-ironic melodrama," del Toro says. Set in 1962, his new film features a fairy tale romance between a creature and a mute woman.

'Cartoon County' Looks Back At The Golden Age Of Sunday Comics

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:41pm

Vanity Fair editor-at-large Cullen Murphy grew up the son of a cartoonist. His father, John Cullen Murphy, drew the popular Prince Valiant strip, which Murphy eventually wrote for 14 years.

The Politics Of Myanmar's Changing Tea Culture

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:32pm

Myanmar's tea shops have long been central as public spaces to meet and talk, especially during the military regime. But with the country's "opening" to Western influence, their prominence is fading.

(Image credit: Victoria Milko/for NPR)

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